Take advantage of the longer spring days by indulging in as many hot cross buns as pup can carry – and taking a well-deserved Easter break. Whatever’s on your Easter wish list this year, whether it’s relaxation or adventure, fun with the family, a woodland treat or simply a great escape, make a dog-friendly Easter break top of your list.
Dog-friendly family days out
The Cotswolds is the perfect family getaway location all year round. We love the Westonbirt National Arboretum (pictured), it’s a fantastic venue for adventurous dog-friendly family days out.
The arboretum reflects the Victorian passion for plant collecting, with 15,000+ trees from all round the world to explore with pup in tow. The 240 hectares of botanicals is truly magical in springtime when the trees and shrubs come alive. Kids will love the different colours and running between the beautiful gardens.
Spend another perfect family day out at the Cotswolds Water Park. There are over 150 lakes set across the stunning Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire countryside. The area is full of pup-friendly public footpaths as well as a designated dog swimming area at the Cotswold Country Park and Beach, so remember to pack pup’s goggles. We recommend taking your binoculars as the Water Park is one of the UK’s largest wetlands, attracting a wide variety of wildlife including water voles and otters.
If you’re located closer to London, treat the family to a day out at Capel Manor Gardens, a beautiful 30-acre estate established in the 13th century. Easily accessible from the big smoke, this Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables is a great opportunity to see a fantastic collection of plants and wildlife. While pups are asked to remain on a lead, they’re welcome in all the gardens. Check out the Japanese Garden, Vincent Van Gogh garden and the outdoor classroom garden.
Dog-friendly Easter getaway
Sometimes it’s just good to escape. Grab pup and head straight to pretty Dorset for a pawfect dog-friendly Easter getaway. There are quaint cobbled streets, Dorset AONB on your doorstep (great for walkies) and plenty of tasty local food.
Treat pup to lunch at elegant The Bar at the Grosvenor Arms (pictured), who pride themselves on a fine, very delicious food menu. There are cosy armchairs by the fire or, if the weather’s good, relax in the stone courtyard. Walk off lunch on the Jurassic Coast – just a short car journey away – and later check pup into The Eastbury Hotel, a chic Georgian Townhouse in the market town of Sherbourne. The rooms are luxuriously decorated, providing all the comfort you’ll need after a long day of walking.
There are plenty of pup-friendly restaurants in Dorset, but we love Rick Stein’s Sandbanks. Expect big seafood flavours, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning views of the seafront.
Or perhaps a Lake District break takes your fancy instead? The Lakes are full of organic, raw beauty and during spring the fells and rich countryside will come alive. Lake Grasmere is full of dog-friendly trails and is easy to get to. Try Heidi’s Grasmere Lodge and Café for a spot of lunch, and when a coffee – or something stronger – is in order later in the afternoon head to nearby Tweedie’s Bar. There’s a cosy courtyard for soaking up springtime rays.
Rest sleepy heads in Rothay Manor Hotel, an elegant dog-friendly hotel with old world charm. A stone’s throw from some of the Lake’s best walks, pup is welcome to join you in the lounges and garden. Alternatively, check into Another Place (pictured). Situated on the shores of Ullswater, this contemporary hotel is perfect for those who want to wake up to adventure. There’s swimming, sailing and kayaking on your doorstep, as well as 18-acres of National Park.
And now, Easter dog treats!
Easter isn’t Easter without Easter dog treats. Setting up a dog Easter egg hunt is a fun activity for the whole family. Of course, no chocolate Easter eggs here. Instead, use little handfuls of dog treats for pup to find. Try Mungo and Maud’s Love Hearts Dog Treats Fruit Smoothie, a delicious blend of oats, strawberries and raspberries.
If pup’s after some self-care this Easter, combine treats and wellness with Hounds of Harrogate’s Wellness Dog Treats and Shampoo Set. Pup will look and smell stunning while tucking into Peanut Butter biscuits. Don’t get too jealous.
For especially good pups, a tartan Barbour blanket might be in order this Easter. Perfect to accompany breaks away, the blanket comes in small and large and is beautifully crafted organic cotton with cosy Sherpa fleece on one side.
Whatever you choose to do this Easter, your pup will appreciate the break just as much as you.
With the long weekend just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your dog-friendly Easter break!
For more inspiration on where to go for your Easter getaway, check out our destination guides.